When And Why Should You Quarantine Reptiles?
Anytime a new reptile is introduced into your home or collection, it is important that you quarantine it prior to introducing it into their new environment. This will allow you to identify if the reptile has any notable health issues from its previous home.
In the event that your reptile is unwell or is undergoing treatment for a health concern, quarantine is essential to prevent the spread of disease.
What Is Quarantine?
Whether it is a group of snakes or a group of people, the concept of quarantine is the same. The goal is to separate and stop the movement of individuals that have been exposed to or may have potentially been exposed to pathogens, to see if they become sick before they are mixed with the general population.
This means that once an animal or group of animals is quarantined, no new animals should be added to that area.
How Do You Set Up A Quarantine Area?
The most effective way to set up a quarantine area is to keep the individual(s) concerned in a completely different location. This means having a separate facility off-site, with no other reptiles around. Anyone entering the area should not have had prior contact with any other reptiles in recent times.
All clothes and materials should be kept on-site and not used for any other purpose aside from managing the individual(s) in quarantine. Protective clothing should be worn, and disinfectant foot baths are recommended on entry and exit.